La Super Planche des Belles Filles
Summit (1,148m) in the Vosges massif in Haute-Saône (70)
Attached to the commune of Plancher-les-Mines
Population: 1,000 (Mainous and Mainouses), 236,000 in Haute-Saône
Legend attributes the name of this mountain resort to the collective suicide of dozens of young girls during the Thirty Years’ War (17th century) as they sought to escape from Swedish mercenaries. Since becoming part of the Tour’s history, this climb has often highlighted the overall winner in Paris. Wiggins in 2012 (stage win for Froome), Nibali in 2014, Froome in 2017 (stage win for Aru) and Pogacar in 2020 all moved into the yellow jersey here. The women will be able to provide this new summit (lengthened in 2019 by one kilometre averaging 10%) with a more uplifting reason for its title.
Sub-prefecture of Haute-Saône (70)
Population: 8,500 (Lurons and Luronnes), 19,700 within the 24 communes comprising the Pays de Lure municipality
The locals will well remember the Tour’s first stop in their town: it was in 2020, for the start of the time trial that would prove to be the race’s decisive turning point, as Tadej Pogacar took definitive control of the Yellow Jersey thanks to a great exploit at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles. But the town renowned for Sapper Camember, one of the first comic book characters, who was created in 1890 by Georges Colomb, and also for being the birthplace of Thibaut Pinot, has already welcomed the elite of women’s cycling, in 1988, when the Tour Féminin set off for Besançon, where Dutchwoman Monique Knol was the stage winner.